What’s an “Essential Business”?
State and local governments continue to issue “shelter-in-place” or “stay home-work safe” ordinances, as well as work and travel restrictions, to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Under these orders, “Essential Businesses” have been permitted to remain open, such as grocery stores, hardware stores, medical facilities, convenience stores and gas stations.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a federal guidance to states and municipalities regarding an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” On March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance says:
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security… you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
Air conditioning and electricity are essential
Morgan Pro Services has been designated an “Essential Business” by the federal government. This means the products and services we provide are essential to commercial and residential properties and is therefore included in the list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.
We know that properly functioning HVAC and electrical systems are critical in a health crisis, especially as people are staying at home. Because these systems are now being used around the clock, and temperatures are beginning to rise, HVAC and electrical systems are being stressed more than usual.
Since we’ve been designated an Essential Business, it means that we can — and should — remain open. We’ll continue to serve you while maintaining our new company policies to keep our customers and our employees safe and healthy.
- Our technicians and installers are screened daily to make sure they are healthy before sending them to your home or business.
- Dispatch will screen all service calls to make sure everyone in your home is healthy before sending out one of our technicians.
- We’re keeping a 6-ft distance from other people.
- We ask that you pay your invoice online, rather than using a check or cash.
- Our technicians and installers clean their hands thoroughly and often, and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when not near a sink.
Our sources of information:
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Texas Department of State & Health Services: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
- Texas Government: https://gov.texas.gov/news
- Harris County Government: https://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus
We look forward to continuing to serve you as we work together through these difficult times.